Doing Dry January could benefit your body for months afterwards
[Independent, 12/29/18] As December draws to a close, many will start to think of ways to reinvigorate themselves in the new year, whether it’s by setting resolutions or by giving up alcohol for a month as part of Dry January.
If it’s the latter, you could see benefits up to eight months later, as new research led by the University of Sussex claims that those who abstain from drinking in January often continue to drink less in the following months.
It’s well-documented that eschewing alcohol can improve energy levels, boost skin health and prompt weight loss, but up until now, these effects have largely been considered short-term.
Dr Richard de Visser, a reader in psychology at the university, conducted the research by analysing the drinking habits of 800 people, all of whom took part in Dry January in 2018, via self-completed surveys.
The results showed that in the months the followed, on average, participants’ drinking days fell from 4.3 to 3.3 per week, the units they consumed per day dropped from 8.6 to 7.1 and the frequency of them being drunk went down from 3.4 times per month to 2.1.
“The simple act of taking a month off alcohol helps people drink less in the long term: by August people are reporting one extra dry day per week,” comments de Visser, who added that Dry January may offer some significant lifestyle benefits, such as saving money and improving sleep…………
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